For this Post, I am going to do a Step-By-Step of the Lathe Work involved… (for my own purposes and notes)
First, I cut the Dowel to length at 250mm. I always go 2mm longer each side to compensate for errors.
This Dowel is a 5.89mm width. So 6mm for all intents and purposes. Which is great for the Center portion.
5.89mm… that’s just about perfect. 1mm excess.
I will now put the Dowel in the Lathe.
Now, using a Circular File, I will make an indentation so that it’s cut in until it’s 5mm.
Then I use this course File to bring Spar off center to 5mm. It’s easier to get close to that little Gap made by Rat Tail File.
Next… I use Sandpaper to bring the taper down to the end.
I made the Taper using 120 Grit Sandpaper on a Block. I find it gives me the most control.
Then, I made the notch on the end using a small Flat File.